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Malé kroky pre sebarozvoj pedagógov, veľký skok pre európsky rozmer školy
Date du début: 1 juil. 2016, Date de fin: 30 juin 2018 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

Our project "Small Steps for Teachers´ Self-development, Giant Leap for School´s European Dimension" has its ultimate goal: to increase the efficiency of learning process through education and motivation of our teachers and through joining intercultural cooperation. Our school is the only state language school in the Trenčín region and we provide language education in 8 foreign languages to students of all age groups. The job market in our region evolves dynamically, which puts increased demands on our work, we need to be flexible concerning our educational programme on both the content level and forms of teaching. Partial goals:- to educate key employees to be able to pass their acquired methodology skills on their colleagues and consequently implement them into their teaching practice- to develop our teachers´ ICT skills, to be able to use them at teaching their students, mainly those students who need to study a foreign languages in distance or combined learning form, and to show students possibilities of gaining information and further independent learning and self-development.- to gain management skills for our long-term goal, which is active cooperation with schools and institutions abroad through partnerships and exchange programmes.7 teachers primarily included in the project are active, creative and motivated to participate in new activities. These employees are experienced in school management and team leading, organising international examinations, using modern technology in education. Our teachers are eager to gain new knowledge, experience and contacts and share them with their colleagues. Learning outcomes for each activity:1,2 (Project Management for Intercultural Exchange Projects in Europe) - Participants will gain knowledge of legal, practical and financial aspects of exchange projects to be capable of accomplishing such projects in the near future successfully. 3 (English for European Educators) - Improving communication in English language, gaining personal contacts from schools of various European countries, gaining inspiration for school improvement, improving social competencies and active cooperation at creating and implementing future projects.4,5 (Using New Technology for Teaching English, Blended Learning) - Learning about new potential of using ICT for both face-to-face and distance learning. 6 (Become a Materials Writer) - Learning to create necessary learning materials independently, creating materials for examinations and testing, adapting available materials to the students´ specific needs.7 (Creativity in the Classroom) - Gaining inspiration to encourage teacher´s and student´s creativity, acquiring skills necessary for lesson planning to encourage creativity and critical thinking, considering various learning styles, using games, acting techniques, developing communication competencies and using humour at lessons. 8 (Teaching Business English) - Updating knowledge within the field of business, recent trends in job search and related evolving requirements at preparation for job inteviews, CV´s, cover letters, presentations, help with relevant textbooks and materials and recommended internet sources.9 (Jobshadowing) - Gaining knowledge of practical and financial aspects of school management concerning various course forms, designing courses to fit student´s individual needs and international examination management. After completing the project, we expect higher effectivity and attractivity of language study in our region, increasing the number of students interested in foreign language study. New teaching methods and tools will make language learning more attractive and accessible to more students, which should contribute to the development of our region, as a home to several international companies, which require language skills at most working positions, including manual workers. Using communication technologies, such as e-learning and Moodle, will help students who work abroad, or immigrants who live in our region and need to get integrated socially and professionally. We expect all our participants to increase their language, intercultural and social competencies. Meeting colleagues from other European countries will broaden the view of their work in European context and they will be motivated to work actively on creating the European community of foreign language teachers. We also wish to improve multicultural awareness, as our region´s traditionally low cultural diversity has been rising significantly in recent years.



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